Hand forged Candelabra

Candelabra imageA stunning candelabra we forged from an old reclaimed garden fork! The wooden handle had snapped off the fork, and the prongs were incredibly rusty so had been retired from the purpose it was originally intended. I’ve bent out the prongs in 4 different directions so it stands very stable, and I’ve curved the ends around forming the start of a decorative scroll. The texture was quite pitted due to the amount of rust and dirt covering the tool; some of this has smoothed out through being hammered at a yellow heat, but we didn’t want to lose all of it as we felt it added character to the Candelabra, and reminded you of it’s original use. The finish is just natural beeswax, applied when the piece was at a black heat.

Contemporary Church Flower Stand

Church Floral Display Church Flower Stand

Great photos of our spiral flower stand insitu! The matt black powder coat finish gives this stand a smart, contemporary feel to it, while retaining the look of classic black ironwork. It has three 20 cm platforms, each with a rim; the top one is welded onto the box section upright, while the two on the side are removable, making this a really versatile stand. The 10mm square bar spiral sweeps around the platforms, drawing the eye over the whole piece. The base is cut from chunky 5 mm steel, so there’s a decent amount of weight at the bottom of the stand in order to keep it stable.

This display was done as part of a memorial service last weekend; I think they’ve done a fantastic job of it. Love how the bright colours contrast with the black metal, and the three tiers almost look to be floating.

These stands can be made to any size, though this one was 4’10″, in order for us to keep the final package under the 5ft limit for our regular courier. That’s the only problem with these stands – if I’m honest they are a bit of a nightmare to package!

Fine Spring Weather

There we were thinking the weather was against us, it’s the start of our show season for the year and against all odds it’s snowing… in late March?!  It’s a hard task selling metalwork at shows where a large number of customers don’t make it due to the weather and those that do are virtually too numb to talk.  So you can imagine how pleased we were when this image popped up in our inbox!

Series 1 E-Type weathervane

A Dramatic sky, snow on the roof and the weathervane indicating an easterly wind.

This photo was taken by a customer who received his weathervane as a Christmas present from his daughter.  It’s a great example of the actual functionality of weathervanes.   The snow on the roof and the sail pointing steadfastly to the east, gives a great indication of what is happening.  The moody sky in the background shows the black silhouette perfectly.

Even here at Black Fox we accept that generally weathervanes are firstly considered based on aesthetics and secondly on function but we always make sure ours are correctly balanced to work accurately.  Given the recent bizarre weather we have all been experiencing I guess that weather is on everyone’s mind, I’d think people are checking their weathervanes all over the country at the moment.  It’s good to be able to get this kind of actual connection with the weather rather than depending on the forecasters at the Met Office!

 

 

Finished Key Hooks

Here’s our finished Cat & Bird key hooks.  Available in the shop section of the website priced at £19.99.  The matt black powder coating looks really elegant, and is perfect for an indoor product. I did really like the look of the brass plated hooks though; maybe this is something we could look at having as an option.

I think this swans design would also be perfect for key hooks – will look at getting this laser cut next week.

High Quality Metalwork

I came across this quote from Benjamin Franklin today, thought it was quite appropriate given the amount of cheap, imported ‘wrought iron’ style metalwork there is both in high street chains and online. Something to consider when buying a weathervane I think!

” The bitterness of low quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

Today in the Black Fox workshop Phiz is making two art deco style window boxes and I have produced a Cat & Bird design no. 7 house sign. I’ve also been working on designs for our indoor range of metalcraft products, I’m especially looking forward to seeing my new wall mounting CD rack finished – I’ll be making the frame later today but will have to wait for laser cut parts to arrive before it can be finished.

Gothic Hanging Basket Bracket

 

These photos were taken in Prague a couple of years ago. Some fantastic gothic Ironwork! I particularly like the flower design in the top image, and the detail in the door knockers. The Black Fox gothic hanging basket bracket was inspired by some of the metalwork I saw on this trip. The wallplate design is unusual and stands apart from our other hanging basket brackets – I think it’s really beautiful and unique. We would love to offer a range of weathervanes and house signs in this style – something I’ll start working on soon.

Southport Ironwork

I took this photo on our trip to Southport last week. Saw a lot of really beautiful Ironwork as we drove through. Designs like this could make excellent hanging basket brackets, or even make up part of the bracket for a swinging house or shop sign; it reminds me a little of our Black Fox one. I love the way you can see the detail and texture on the leaves – we have been thinking about engraving some of our designs.

Southport Flower Arranging Show

We have had an enquiry from a customer about possibly making stands and frames for flower arranging displays. Yesterday Black Fox visited the National show in Southport to see the sort of metalwork she requires. We had never been to a flower arranging show before, and I was surprised by how unusual some of the displays were (see carrots below!) I think one of my favourites was based around a poem about the industrial revolution, unfortunately the photo of this didn’t come out very well. Not the kind of theme I expected to see at all! Overall a really good day out and I hope that some Black Fox metalwork will be on display at the next show.

Blacksmithing

I love Blacksmithing. I did a course last summer, it was fantastic. Heres a photo of me at work. The other photo is of my great great grandfather who was a Blacksmith on the Tatton Park estate in Cheshire. I’m not sure exactly when the photo was taken, but I find it really fascinating and would love to know more about him and his work.